Date: Friday, March 24, 2023
Victoria, BC – Investigators continue their work as we mark the anniversary of Michael Dunahee’s disappearance 32 years ago.
On March 24th, 1991, at approximately 12:30 p.m., four-year-old Michael Dunahee disappeared from the area of the Blanshard School playground, just a short distance away from his family. Many families and spectators were in the area at the time for a touch football game. An extensive search was launched for Michael, which involved hundreds of volunteers and police from multiple agencies.
To mark 30 years since Michael was last seen, investigators released an age-enhanced sketch of Michael, created by BC RCMP forensic sketch artist Cpl. Virginia Bernier showing Michael as he may have appeared at 34 years old and launched vicpd.ca/michaeldunaheetips – a dedicated online tip portal. Hundreds of tips have been received and continue to be investigated.
Michael’s family has turned their tragedy into a grassroots effort to protect other families. The annual Michael Dunahee ‘Keep The Hope Alive’ Run has been a fixture in our community. Each year, families run and walk both to mark Michael’s disappearance and highlight the on-going search, but all monies raised go to Child Find BC. VicPD Chief Manak will join the Dunahee family during the run this year.
“This remains an ongoing missing person investigation,” VicPD Chief Manak said. “Michael’s family needs to know where he is today. Every tip we receive and the support that we are receiving from our community is one step closer and keeps the hope alive.”
The investigation into Michael Dunahee’s disappearance remains one of the largest missing person investigations in Canada.
If you have information about Michael Dunahee’s disappearance, you are asked to visit vicpd.ca/michaeldunaheetips or contact VicPD’s dedicated Michael Dunahee Tip Line at 250-995-7444.
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